Summer of fun in Boston
We have a full programme of events lined up this summer, with an emphasis on family events and something to suit everyone.
The borough council has been making extra efforts to provide quality entertainment in the Market Place and in Central Park, to complement events organised by others, such as Transported, and leisure and pleasure pursuits available elsewhere, such as at the Guildhall and the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex.
Some council-organised events have already been held to kick off our own summer programme - such as the 1940s day in Central Park. This proved hugely popular and received many positive comments and plans are already afoot to hold it again next year.
And Boston town centre was again THE place to be yesterday if you were on two wheels or interested in motorcycles. The 21st Boston Bike Night was another tremendous success with all things on two wheels taking over the town centre, and all for free.
In between there have been concerts, live music, a cycling roadshow and, of course, our regular markets.
The next big thing will be a repeat of our popular beach days in Central Park on Thursday and Friday, August 3 and 4. Bringing the beach into Boston has proved so popular that this year it will remain for children to enjoy throughout the rest of August.
Thousands of people enjoyed last year's event and the sandy beach will again be laid in the park and donkey rides, bouncy castles, circus skills, games, competitions and beach-related arts and crafts will be laid on, all for free.
Boston Big Local will again fund this year's event and it will be supported by partner agencies - Mayflower Housing, Boston Children's Centre, Transported Arts and Boston United in the Community.
The beach will be open from 10am to 3pm on both days and all for free.
Another big favourite, drawing crowds of spectators, is the Dragon Boat Festival. This year's event is on Sunday, August 13, on the River Witham where it passes through Witham Way Country Park, which is well worth a visit in its own right at any time. There will be additional attractions such as bouncy castles, stalls and refreshments and the racing begins at around 10am, continuing until around 3.30pm.
Central Park will be the venue for you to bring along a picnic in the park and enjoy free family crafts with Sam's House on Wednesday, August 9.
The park will then host a family fun sports day on Friday, August 18, from 10am to 3pm. Local clubs will be on hand to introduce all-comers to a range of sports. There will be storytelling by library staff and another chance to picnic in the park on Wednesday, August 23.
The next big event in Central Park, and something new, will be the two nights of outdoor cinema experience on Friday and Saturday, August 25 and 26. On the Friday we will screen Mary Poppins and on the Saturday Despicable Me. Both films have been chosen for their all-round family appeal and suitable for all ages. Gates on both days open at 6.30pm with screenings at 7.30pm. Tickets are £6 for adults, £4 for children and concessions and £18 for a family of two adults and two children.
You can bring a picnic and the park cafe will be open, popcorn, sweets and candy floss will be available and there will be a licensed bar. Fingers and everything else crossed for a hot August night - watching movies under the stars will be a really good new experience for many.
Looking further ahead and into September we have another first with the Boston Food Festival in the Market Place from 10am to 3pm on Sunday, September 24. We want to offer as diverse a range of foods as possible and traders interested in a stall should contact email@example.com
If you appreciate fine beer then Friday and Saturday, October 27 and 28, complete the hat trick of firsts (thirsts!) for Boston when the Oktoberfest beer festival takes place in Central Park. This stomping Bavarian celebration of all things frothy in the Beerhall Tent will feature music, games, entertainment, food, singing and ... bier in steins. An Oompah band will lead the festivities.
Oktoberfest will be held from 5pm to 10pm on the Friday, and from noon to 5pm and 6pm to 11pm on the Saturday.
The event is for over-18s only and the Boston date is one of a number in the UK mirroring the festival celebrated in Munich at the end of September and the beginning of October since 1810.
Places have to be booked and tickets are available at www.oktoberfestofficial.com/boston
Group and staff discounts are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There is also a full summer programme of activities for children in the borough - everything from football fun and badminton smash up to spy school and pirate treasure trail - arrrrrrr!
Splash out - literally - and take to the water at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex during the summer holidays.
And don't hold back if you can't swim. Crash course swimming lessons are available for non-swimmers and improvers aged four to 15. Lessons are for 25 minutes every day for four consecutive days in July and August.
Big favourites with children are the inflatable sessions, when the Geoff Moulder "monster" makes its presence known. The floating giant will happily put up with young swimmers climbing all over him. Inflatable sessions will run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 1pm from July 24 until August 18.
Floats will be flung when fun splash days are held the leisure pool every day from Monday, July 24, to Sunday, September 3, from 10.30am to 11.30am and from 2pm to 3pm.
The Kidz Gym sticks with the watery theme, as it includes a free swim. This is an opportunity for children aged eight to 15 to get fit, have fun and make friends. The exclusive gym sessions - no grown-ups - not only includes a free swim, but the first session is free. Sessions are on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.
For full details of all these events go to www.bostonleisurecentre.co.uk
The Guildhall museum is taking part in the national Festival of Archaeology with finds from medieval times on display in one of the best-preserved medieval buildings around. As part of the festival the Knights of Skirbeck will take over the building on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22 with their own brand of medieval re-enactment - armour, swords and shield will be out. Entry to the Guildhall is free (its normal opening times are Wednesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm, last admission 3pm) but for this event there will also be special 45-minute guided tours at 11am and 1.30pm on both days, tickets £2 from the Guildhall. Refreshments from The Chocolate Fairy Catering Company will also be available on these two days.
The Guildhall will also take part in national Heritage Open Days on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 6 to 9, when the county theme will be Freedom, Justice and Equality - time to visit the Guildhall's courtroom and prison cells.
And if traditional afternoon tea takes your fancy a literal feast of treats will be available in the Guildhall's banqueting hall from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, September 9, £9.95 per person, tickets from the Guildhall.
Finally, put a date in your diaries for Thursday, November 23, and Boston's annual Christmas market, Illuminate Parade and lights switch-on.
This is by no means an exhaustive list and more information can be found at www.boston.gov.uk/theevent also www.boston.gov.uk/summer2017 and at www.bostonguildhall.co.uk and www.bostonleisurecentre.co.uk
Never let it be said that there's nothing to do in Boston.
Cllr Paul Skinner,
Cabinet member for town centre,
Boston Borough Council
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